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FEBRUARY 20, 1910.
Dr. Virgil McCoombs
. It used to be thought that a well
person could only live a short lime In
Imperial valley until he was sure to
become sick, or if sick he must Imme
diately leave for "the outside" or he
would surely perish.
This Idea might have had some foun
dation in fact when the original inhab
itant—the side-winder and the chuck
a walla—had possesion of this pace,
until a few years ago a barren des
ert. But now in Imperial valley health
conditions have changed as radically as
have the physical conditions—ln Just
the same proportion as tiees have been
planted, crops sowed and tilled, In the
same proportion have the health con
ditions improved until now the tide
has turned and instead of the sick
and the fall having the valley, the In
valid and convalescent come from dis
tant parts to enjoy our unmatched In
dian summer, winter and spring.
That these health conditions actual
ly do exist and that they are begin
ning to be recognized by the medical
profession, mention might be made th t
I have now under my care one patient
sent by one of Chicago's most promi
nent surgeons, another from Ontario,
Canada, another from India- apoli*
and many from nearer points in the
west along the Pacific slope. .
Other physicians in the valley can
tell of similar cases, until the aggre.
gate would show that the valley con
tains representatives from almost ev
ery section of the United States.
In seeking a change of climate for
the benefit of health, lung and throat
affections are first suggested to our
minds. We have many of these unfor
tunate people with us, but, us is too
often the case, they come so far ad
vanced that they do not get the bene
fit they expect. In fact, they art
often beyond help, climatic or other
wise. Also many come with no finan
cial means, expecting to get light
work, forgetting that- this is a new
country with few soft snaps and re
quiring a great deal of rustling. These
do not get the food and shelter thai
Is best for them and that is necessary
to build up a body wasted by ravenous
But for those who come early and
have been wisely informed by their
family physician before leaving home,
this valley affords the best possible
chance for a cure, and many are cured
with no medical treatment whatever,
depending entirely upon climatic con
ditions. .
It is worse than useless and next to
criminal to send a man, so sick and
weak that he is unable to care for
himself, to die or take his chances of
recovery in a strange place and among
strangers, for with this affection now
adays it is difficult to And any one
willing to give such a person employ
ment as he is capable of performing.
There Is no doubt that this place
will compare favorably for this class
of patients with the greatly advertised
health sections of our country, all
other conditions being equal.
Being a very dry atmosphere, suffer
ers from rheumatism do nicely here.
The excessive summer heat, while
rather uncomfortable, Is not unhealth
ful, and this, life other localities, lias
the busy season in the fall and winter.
During the summer the skin is unus
ually active and the rheumatic cripple
sweats and steams and is all the better
for It This great activity of the skin
also relieves the kidneys from their
usual work and gives them as near a
perfect rest as is possible to be ob
tained, and hence gives persons . af
flicted with Bright's disease a good
chance to return to their normal con-,
dition. . , , ' ,
A common error Is that Imperial val
ley is conducive to heart disease. Prob
ably this opinion has been gained from
the fact that it is below sea level, but
there is absolutely no foundation what
ever for such an Idea. Heart disease
is found In all altitudes and all lati
tudes wherever there are human be
ings, and this valley probably has its
proportion. in the same ratio as any
other locality, but surely in no greater
proportion. • • ■ "
The county health reports show that
the general health conditions are most
gratifying, and as a rigid watch is kept
on all Infectious and contagious dis
eases, this class of cases is kept well
under control, and no one need fear to
make this his home from a health
standpoint. ■ ' ■ '
.— . » ■ y , >
Th« Father—lt was a noble deed, young man.
to plunge Into the raging . waters after my
daughter, i suppose you realized the awful
risk that you were runnlng7 J,. ■'
The Hero (modesly).— Yes, sir. I did, sir.
The Father—Good. Then you will readily
appreciate the necessiy of having a policy In
the Sklnem Life Insurance company, for which
I am the chief solicitor.—Puck. „
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DURING the past four years I have
been dairying on forty acres, which
I have divided into four fields; one
a live-acre field, that I do not pasture
at all, but cut from five to seven crops
of alfalfa per year, that I store away
for winter feeding; the other three
fields I pasture alternately, so as to
cut one of them lor hay every three
months. 1 keep a string of thirty-five
milch cows; besides raising my young
stock, the cows have averaged me $75
per head each year. I have also raised
on the alfalfa enough hogs to sell
$2500 worth per year. Of course, I
raise my pigs on the skim milk; my
wife manages to raise poultry enough,
such as chickens and turkeys, to about
keep the house going. So you see I
have cleared about $5000 a year on my
forty acres and I am satisfied from
my experience that Imperial county
is the greatest dairy section in the
* • *
Pacific spring, near South Pass City,
Wyo., is 7000 feet above sea level, and
about It ,at the head waters of the
Sweetwater river, Is a series of small
valleys—or, rather, meadows—sheltered
by the southern extremity of the Wind
river mountains. On the north de
of the hills is what is locally called
a "flat," where the grass ! grew in
green luxuriance. In this tall prairie
grass was found the tiny red wild
strawberry. But If you take a spade
and remove the turf, solid cakes of ice
are found at a depth of often less than
a foot. ";"»,'
The warm spring sunshine melts the
snow, which runs down the mountain
side. This, goes on till late summer
and autumn, when the small stream
of water freezes, and soon becomes
solid ice. By the actions of the ele
ments and washing of earth down the
mountain a deposit of soil is made on
this ice, which, when the summer
comes once more, springs into fresh
life. . . .
• The few hours of sunshine which
reach this sheltered spot each day
suffice to ripen the strawberries, but
cannot melt the Ice beneath.—Waterloo
Courier. ' '» -■ '-■• '■',*'' ' '
The San Francisco Argonaut gives
the Scotch twist to a familiar American
story: .
An Aberdonian went to spend a few
days in London with his son,, who had
done exceptionally well in the great
metropolis. After their first greetings
at. King's Cross Station, the young
fellow remarked: "Feyther, you are
not lookin' weel. 'Is there anything
the matter?" The old man replied,
"Aye, lad, I have had quite an acci
dent.'' "What was that, feyther?"
"Mon," he said, "on this journey frae
bonnie Scotland I lost my luggage."
"Dear, dear, that's too bad; 'oo did it
happen?" "Aweel," replied the Aber
donlan, "the cork cam' not."
Cherokee Roses Form Beautiful Bower
A wonderful combination of the mi
croscope and the cinematograph was
shown at the French Academy of Sci
ence by Prof. Dantre on behalf of M.
Comandon, the Inventor.
The apparatus tunes thirty-two pic
tures a second, and enlarges tne objects
to LU.uuu times their natural size. A
Ilea enlarged in this way would be as
large as a six-story house.
One of the series of pictures shown
was a drop of blood taken from a rab
bit into which sleeping sickness mi
crobes had been injected, It was very
curious to see tne microbes—which
looked about a loot long—separating
the red and the white corpuscles of the
One microbe entered into a red cor
puscle and remained there.
A member of the academy who was
present explained to me the workings
of the ultra-microscope, as it is called,
by means of which micro-organisms
which are only the fifty-thousandth
part of an inch in diameter can be seen
in the blood of a mouse.
M. Comandon succeeded in taking
cinematograph pictures of fatty glob
ules 125-tnousand part of an incn in
It was extraordinary to see these
tiny organisms fighting with their ene
mies in the blood, and It was a little
startling. M. Comandon showed pic
tures of fever microbes and the mi
crobes of other diseases struggling with
the corpuscles of the blood, and showed
how these microbes forced their way
into our organisms.
It was a picture as terrible as that
with which the microscope has made us
familiar of the battle of the microbes
in a drop of water.
At present the invention is only in
the laboratory stage, but it will soon be
possible for all doctors to use it, and
to profit by its lessons.— corre
spondence of the London Express.
■ The only agricultural publication confining its columns to DESERT FARMING.
Published monthly, $1,00 a year—El Centro, Imperial Co., Cal.
a - - ■ ■ '■ -i ■ ->
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1 available nitrogen, which la what all arapa moat have
Literature and prloaa furnished on application, stating what erope are planted
NITRATB AGENCIES COMPANY, W. 8. Span Agent, HI Btlmaoo hlk., Loe Angeles.
The beautiful woman in the Russian
pony coat stopped at the foot of the
stairway In the Brooklyn bridge sub
way station and raised her voice in
fervent appeal to anybody who hap
pened to be within hearing distance.
"Oh dear!" she walied. "I forgot!"
"Forgot what?" asked a sympathetic
woman who stood near.
"Oh, nothing. But maybe I can gel
it yet," said the fur-Clad sufferer.
An Instant later she pounced upon a
subway employe stationed on the plat
"Do you keep newspapers down
here?" she asked.
"No," said he; "they're upstairs."
"Can I go up and get one and come
down again without paying another
"No," he replied again. "If you pass
through the gate you will have to pay."
"Isn't that a shame?" sighed the
Russian pony woman. "I can't do that.
This old road gets enough of my
money, anyway, without my deliber
ately throwing money Into Its pocket.
Still, I do want a paper so badly."
"What paper do you want, ma'am?"
said the employe. "I'll go up and get
it for you.
"Will you?" exclaimed the beauty.
"Oh, how sweet of you. I hate to put
you to all that trouble, but I must
have a paper and I simply can't afford
to pay an extra fare!"
She gave him a cent, and in less than
a minute he was back with a paper.
"Oh, thank you," she said sweetly.
Then she opened her purse, took out J
coin and dropped it into the employe's
"Fod goodness' sake!" exclaimed the
sympathetic woman. "Did you tip
"Yes, of course," said the beautiful
woman. "I gave him a dime."New
York Herald.

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